How to create a blog of AWESOMENESS!

So here is my last blog for this course! I’m going to provide my top three recommendations for what restaurants can do to create amazing blogs because I do believe in the power of blogging!  If done well, it can really engage others and you as a company, can position yourself any way you want; just be real!

1.)   Content is key: write about something that adds value to the reader. For instance, ask yourself if this is something worth sharing. You could talk about seasonal ingredients for the month of April like rhubarb and capture a photo or two of your new menu item that features it too.


2.)   Keep it short: lists are great and so are short stories. Either way, people don’t like spending too much time reading. Stick to the point!

3.)   Make it visually appealing. No one wants to read content that has spelling errors, no photos, videos etc. People will have a tendency to read what you have to say if it is aesthetically pleasing.

There you have it. My top three tips and tricks to awesomeness!
Thanks for dropping by guys!


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How well is Cafe Artigiano doing online?


Café Artigiano is one of my favourite coffee places. The quality, taste, and atmosphere is so pleasant. It’s perfect for when you have a little time to indulge as you would not want to rush a positive experience! For this assignment, I am going to use tracking tools to analyze how well it is doing in the social media world.

Addictomatic allows you create a custom page of search results across multiple social media platforms. When I searched for Café Artigiano, I received the following results.

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I was impressed because it summarizes many social media platforms in a very clear way! Also, it only takes a few seconds before all of this is generated. As you can see, the platforms that Café Artigiano has activity on are the following:

Bing News
Google Blog Search
Delicious Tags

I noticed that Addictomatic does not pick up Facebook activity and that is a limitation because it is one of the most commonly used social media platforms. This is a good analytics tool that captures qualitative data.

The next analytics tool I would like to talk about is Social Mention. This website allows you to gather a number of conversations and statistics on specific keywords. When I searched Café Artigiano here, these are my results.

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Social Mention is a good analytics site because it shows you both quantitative and qualitative data. They measure sentiments, passion, reach, keywords, top users and where the sources are coming from. They also display the actual sources and content where there is activity, like Addictomatic. Examples are Twitter, Youtube, Picassaweb and Facebook.

A current limitation to Social Mention is that the Café Artigiano search brings up some irrelevant content as well. For instance, one of the top users is Mathew Wood. Social Mention will show all of his video’s that he posts too such as on baby raccoons and rabbits playing (cute, but not what I am looking for).

10 conversations that I have found about Caffe Artigiano – Downtown from Vancouver Urbanspoon found here:

  1. 29
Diner from Edmonton
Joined Oct 2010

 Mobile review 
DINER REVIEW • DEC 23, 2012 
JJ may have my favourite beans but Art makes my favourite Cap (its gotta be the milk).
  2. 296
Fat Panda
Blogger from Vancouver

Fat Panda 
To tell you the truth, I came to Caffè Artigiano for the cute latte arts and the to die for banana bread. And that is what I got.
  3. 51
Blogger from Toronto

dre in downtown Vancouver: The great thing about where I was staying and the office is that it is in the heart of downtown Vancouver. There was an abundance of coffee shops around and I…
  4. 134
I’m Busy Eating!
Blogger from Vancouver

I’m Busy Eating! 
This one was OK, it didn’t have microfoam throughout (1/4 was not) but I was happy. Anything is better than Starbucks who steam milk + scoop out foam on to your drinks…
  5. 446
Eating in Vancouver & the World
Blogger from Vancouver

Eating in Vancouver & the World 
This busy location on Hornby has excellent ambiance and is a great spot to visit. Some of their must try coffees include their…
  6. 17
Lady T
Diner from Vancouver
Joined Jun 2011

 Mobile review 
DINER REVIEW • JUN 23, 2011 
Super busy when I went in at 10am, but managed to find a seat around some if the friendliest people! A pretty strong unique tasting latte, with a lovely clean art on top if you’re into that : ) everyone was happy there, always a good sign!
  7. 35
Diner from Toronto
Joined Jul 2009

DINER REVIEW • JUL 31, 2009 
I cannot rave about this place enough. The coffee here is AMAZING. This is coffee at its maximum capacity of taste. It is so good! The service here is excellent; the staff is very friendly and quick. The place is clean and cozy, making it a great place to sit around and talk with your friends or a great place to take a book and read. You absolutely must try their lattes here. Not only are they beyond amazing, each latte comes with its own unique design in the milk. In fact, the whole wall of the cafe is filled with photographs of the various designs you can get. 
They also offer a variety of specialty coffees here as well as desserts. I highly highly recommend this place.
The absolute must-try: A latte
  8. 28
Coffee Rob
Diner from Vancouver
Joined Apr 2009

Not just another cafe 
DINER REVIEW • APR 30, 2009 
As the story goes the Piccolo brothers, (Vince, Sammy and Mike) wanted to create a different type of cafe in Vancouver, one that completely centered around quality, comfort and lively atmosphere regardless of how busy they where. It wasn’t meant to combat the huge trend of cookie cutter cafes in the Vancouver region, we don’t need another Waves or Blenz or Starbucks do we? But more to show what quality a café really can achieve.
  9. 122
Greedy Guts
Blogger from Vancouver

Greedy Guts 
Brief Description: At Cafe Artigiano, award-winning baristas artfully create delectable Italian style coffee. Linger in elegant and welcoming surroundings with a cup of the best coffee in…
Diner from Vancouver
Joined Feb 2009

Amazing Cafe 
DINER REVIEW • FEB 12, 2009 
This place is nothing short of amazing. Best chai in town.

There is general consensus that the coffee is high quality, the barristas know what they are doing, and the ambiance is great.

A couple of examples that had a difference in opinion were from the first review. This individual said that they enjoy JJ Beans more but all in all the coffee at Artigiano is good perhaps “it’s the milk”. I would rate this as being a neutral and perhaps negative because Café Artigiano prides itself in the quality of the beans. In addition, the fourth reviewer indicated that the coffee was “ok” and that “anything is better than Starbucks”. Café Artigiano is not in direct competition with places like Starbucks rather, a more comparable coffee shop would be 49th Parallel. I would not consider this a real compliment.

I would rate the overall sentiment as being a 8:2 indicating that for every 8 positive comments there are about 2 negative comments.

There you have it! Cafe Artigiano’s in a generally healthy online state!

Let me know what you think and where you love to go for a great cup of Joe!










Teresa QuachEats

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Contact: James Iranzad/Josh Pape
Phone: 604-687-6880

Vancouver’s Wildebeest Restaurant now open!
Local ingredients and whole animal cookery in the heart of Gastown

  • Wildebeest restaurant is now officially open at 120 West Hastings Street.
  • Led by Vancouver service veterans and co-owners James Iranzad (Abigail’s Party) and Josh Pape (The Diamond)
  • Focused on whole-animal cookery, Wildebeest’s menu is prepared with the utmost integrity by Executive Chef David Gunawan.
  • Guests can expect to taste dishes as diverse as pork jowl served with long pepper scented oats and bourbon barrel aged maple syrup and lamb tartare finished with pickled onions
  • Wildebeest also houses an intimately set wine bar with cocktails crafted by co-owner and 2010’s Vancouver Magazine Bartender of the Year Josh Pape.


“Josh and I are very excited to introduce Wildebeest to Vancouver,” says co-owner James Iranzad, “We can’t wait for guests to experience and enjoy our vision of refined comfort food.”

Wildebeest is now open for dinner Tuesday to Sunday from 5pm to 12am, and soon brunch on Saturday and Sunday.



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Top 3 Beautifying Smoothies by Dr. Oz!


Hi Everyone!

I am so thrilled to be sharing with you my first video blog on beautifying smoothies by Dr. Oz! Let me know what you think!

Below is the link of all the recipes if you’d like to try them for yourself! We definitely thought that the “Green and Glowing” was the tastiest and most beneficial 🙂

Do you guys have any juices or smoothies that make you feel amaHAzing?

Love to hear from ya!

Teresa QuachEats

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Top 10 Sexy Veggies and what YOU can do with them!

#10 – Endive. Break off the leaves and crumble feta cheese, nuts and drizzle some honey to serve!


#9 – Radicchio – Grill and drizzle balsamic vinegar and you’ve got a beautiful side dish!


#8 – Tomatoes – Add this in any salad or as a garnish to dress up a dish!


#7 – Okra – Fry these “fingers” and prepare for wild textures in your mouth!


#6 – Beets – place in oven, peel, cut and serve!


#5 – Spaghetti Squash – bake, sauté veggies, peel squash and mix together!


#4 – Fennel – Create a beautiful crunch and light liquorice flavour to any salad!


#3 – Eggplant – Roast these aubergine beauties!


#2 – Broccolini – pan fry with garlic, lemon, salt and pepper. Voila!


#1 – Kale!


I love Kale! It is one of the most versatile veggies ever! I love adding it in smoothies and sautéing them as a side dish. But most of all, eating them like chips!

So guilt free and SO good for you with only a few ingredients too!

Here’s a recipe I found on youtube and feel free to add your favourite seasonings…get creative with cheese, paprika, garlic etc! : 

There you have it! That is my top 10 list of veggies and suggestions of what you can do with them! Let me know what your favourite way to enjoy veggies are!

– Teresa QuachEats

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For your sweetheart this Valentines…










Can you feel the love tonight? I quoted the Lion King because that song is so darn romantic and love is definitely in the air…well more like Valentine’s products are being sold everywhere you go so it’s hard not to get into the spirit!

I was in Granville Island 2 years ago and one of the bakeries there sold these colourful round shaped “cookie things with stuff in the center”.  My boyfriend told me that it was a macaron, a French pastry that I should try.  I asked for one of each colour, took a bite of the flaky crust and the buttercream filling melted in my mouth…errmm what just happened?










I instantly became OBSESSED with macarons.  Not only did I have a sudden urge to go search for other bakeries and coffee shops that sold them, I had to learn to make them. I would highly recommend Soirette for the wide selection in flavours and Thierry for the fresh fruit-centered macarons.

Once I became an expert at eating them, I purchased books on macarons, took a macaron baking class and to date, I can comfortably estimate that I’ve baked a few hundreds to family, friends and of course, my sweetheart.














What I haven’t done yet is get creative with the shapes of the Macarons and what a perfect way to make it look extra special.  Who doesn’t love hearts!  I found this lovely blog that has beautiful photos and a great recipe. Go big or go home! Here it is: Heart Shaped Macaron Recipe.


I would like to emphasize is that if you want to achieve a deep red color, you’ll have to use gel food coloring. Otherwise no matter how much liquid red you use, you’ll forever see pink (and that’s okay too).

When you are done piping the batter, make sure you give it enough time to dry. How do you know? You’ll lightly put your finger over it and if it doesn’t make an imprint, put them in the oven 🙂

Let me know what your favourite dessert place to go to is or what you like to bake.

I’d love to hear from you.


Teresa QuachEats, Macaron Lover

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Pigs really do fly!


Yaletown’s first impressions…I think of it as a social scene where beautiful people come together and play (I hope Events and Adventure’s didn’t trademark that)! The beefy guys bulk up with steaks while their delicate girlfriends pick at their salads. Its cute but not for a country gal like myself. I was reluctant at first but hey, I’m a risk taker.

The restaurant opened up in 2011 and continues to win awards which keeps people waiting at the door (they don’t accept reservations). They tied 3rd place for 2012’s “Best New Casual Restaurant” from the Georgia Straight. I was curious to see what all the hype was about so I was on my way to indulge at the Flying Pig. Check out what went in ma bellay!

To start I had the Artisan Meat + Cheese Board that featured cured meats, local cheese, and spicy olives.


For my main dish I had the Pan seared Halibut Cheeks with Yukon Gold potato gnocchi.


For the finale I ordered a Maple Sugar Pie with yet another glass of Cab-Merlot and thus I am not RespOsole for whateveer I sayu or do happems aftyerwards.


The Flying Pig is a cozy restaurant with country flare. You are comfortably surrounded by warm colors of oak and red brick walls. The food styling lacks originality but the quality of ingredients certainly is emphasized here. I am happy to recommend this place to anyone looking to dine with friends.

Thoughts of where I should eat next? Comments? Random words?

I’d love to hear from you!

– Teresa QuachEats

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